The Atlas Cross Sport concept was first shown at the New York International Auto Show in 2018 before its production version was officially unveiled in Chattanooga just this past October. With a scheduled release date of sometime this spring, the new crossover will be arriving sometime in the next few months, so we thought it might be a good time to jump to it and start talking about the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport now. The most important question we think you might have, is what’s the difference between this new model and the regular VW Atlas? So, let’s go over that.
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“Building off the success of the Atlas seven-seater midsize SUV, we see an opportunity for a five-seater model that offers even more style and almost as much interior space. We look forward to entering the growing segment with the Atlas Cross Sport, which offers outstanding Volkswagen technology, driver-assist features, style, and value.”
– Scott Keogh, Chief Executive Officer, Volkswagen Group of America
What segment are the Atlas models in?
Both the original VW Atlas and the new Atlas Cross Sport belong to the midsize crossover segment; however, there are two different subclasses within this segment that each belongs to. The new VW Atlas Cross Sport is a 2-row midsize crossover, while the original Atlas is a 3-row midsize crossover. The former only offers seating for up to 5 while the latter can seat up to 7 passengers.
Are there any architectural design differences?
In an effort to make the Atlas Cross Sport look like a sportier utility vehicle, engineers made the roof a bit lower than it is in the original Atlas, and also angled the rear window to add to this active aesthetic.
These are the substantial differences between the Volkswagen Atlas and the new VW Atlas Cross Sport. If you think you might be interested in one of these new sporty crossovers, or the 7-seater option, be sure to reach out to us for more information.